A painful loss. Streak-busters.

So, I’m blogging just days after I wrote a blog on UST’s hot streak in UAAP basketball, and just last Thursday, the UST Growling Tigers suffered a blowout loss at the hands of the team that gave them their only defeat in the 1st round, the FEU Tamaraws with the score of 60-87 which snapped the Tigers’ 6 game winning streak and sent them down into 3rd place right now at the standings.

It was a painful loss for the Tigers, as the Tamaraws took them out early in the game by the performance of Terrence Romeo in the first half scoring 16 of his 19 points during the half. The Tamaraws’ did not just rely on Romeo, but other players stepped up as well, Roger Pogoy and Anthony Hargrove each scored 13 points. The Bringas brothers Arvie and Mark gave bonus points for the Tamaraws scoring 10 and 8 respectively. The Tamaraws led by as many as 31 points and never looked back.

MVP candidate Karim Abdul was held to 11 points and 9 rebounds, thanks to the imposing defense the Tamaraws big men gave on him which took him out of his usual performance and wore him out of the game. Aljon Mariano led the Tigers with 15 points while Jeric Fortuna added 12 points and 6 assists. UST’s three point shooting which has been their forte all season long deserted them against FEU as they shot only 6 of 30 from 3 point range (20%). In the first half, they never made a single three pointer on 14 attempts.

I remember I was pumped of getting home early to watch the whole game on TV. However, I had to settle some things at school which would make me miss the start of the game. As soon as I came home from school, I checked the TV screen for the game and I was shocked, the score was UST 19 FEU 47, and it was like “Oh wow.” I never expected that the Tigers would be down big on the early part of the game. But as with many Thomasians who watched the game, I never lost hope and faith until the final buzzer when aTamarawvictory was well secured.

Next up for the Tigers are the NU Bulldogs led by another MVP candidate in Ray Ray Parks tomorrow at 4pm at the Smart Araneta Coliseum as they would look to bounce back after this devastating defeat.

As with the poster of Coach Pido Jarencio shown at the half in that game, there were the words NEVER SAY DIE! and WE STILL BELIEVE!
Go USTe! One for UST! VIVA SANTO TOMAS!
K-Smoove

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